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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Changing My Spark Plugs

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I am about to change my spark plugs on my 2003 Goldwing but don't know the correct procedure or gap setting. I have been searching the forums but not much luck. I know this has been covered but I apologize for not finding it. Can someone please help me with this? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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Hello,
I am about to change my spark plugs on my 2003 Goldwing but don't know the correct procedure or gap setting. I have been searching the forums but not much luck. I know this has been covered but I apologize for not finding it. Can someone please help me with this? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

John
First, they come gapped. From Pg 3-8 of the manual,

The OEM plug is BKR6E-11 (NGK),

SPARK PLUG GAP: 1.0 1.1 mm (0.039 0.043 in)

TORQUE: 18 Nm (1.8 kgfm, 13 lbfft)

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The procedure is the same for any spark plug. Check the gap with a feeler gauge and if it's not .039 to .043 adjust the gap. You will most likely find that they are gapped correctly when you get them out of the box.

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I buy mine at Napa $2.09 a piece

BKR6E-11 (NGK)

only remove from COLD engine
torque properly gap .41
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Guys,
Thanks for the plug information. One other small thing? How do you get to the plugs to change them? Thanks again.

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Guys,
Thanks for the plug information. One other small thing? How do you get to the plugs to change them? Thanks again.

John

You have to remove the side covers, by removing the 2 bolts in the center, and the 3 on the bottom. Then you'll see the plugs and can change them out. (There are little plastic plugs in the bolt heads that have to be removed before the hex will fit).

My plugs out of the box were off alittle and I used a free plug tool from AutoZone to get them all to match. Good luck, it's an easy job that takes very little time. Some guys blow the dirt away from the plugs before removal, which is probably a good idea, and if you are into torqueing, they torque at 13 lbf-ft.

Good luck! If you need any info from the manual shoot me a PM

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Also, might not be a bad idea to put some anti-sieze(sp?) on the threads of the new ones.

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One additional note...

Last fall when I was winterizing the GL1800, I was using the POS spark plug socket from the GL1800 toolkit rather than digging in my tool chest for a better socket. Well, I ended up cracking the ceramic body of one of the plugs.

It was a Sunday afternoon, and not many parts stores open. The only place I could find that had the plugs carried the BRK6E not the BRK6E-11. A quick look on the NGK site shows that the "dash" number is the gap (-11 for 1.1 mm). If there is NO "dash" number, then the gap is .8mm. That is the only difference between the two.

So, I bought the BRK6E re-gapped them to 1.0-1.1mm and all is fine.

Just wanted to toss in another data point in case the parts store hands you plugs that are labeled as BRK6E with no "dash" number.

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one additional "final" point ... be darned careful in torquing the bolts when you put the covers back on. I wasn't and ended up breaking the raised connection "nut" -- that aluminm is BRITTLE !!!

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Guys,
Thanks so much for that information. I am now ready to do some work. I appreciate everyone's valuable comments. I checked with the local Honda Dealer and they want $80 for labor and $12 a plug. Now that is ROBBERY!!

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